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Jacob Heslington hurdles the water jump during the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Fifty-two BYU track and field athletes qualified to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division I Track and Field West Preliminaries on May 24-26, in Sacramento, California.

The Cougars rank among the top teams in the West in the number of qualifiers and have increased that total from last year's 46.

The BYU men’s 3,000m steeplechase and 10,000m squads qualified a total of 14 athletes as both event groups head into regionals ranked No. 1 in the nation. Matt Owens (No. 2), Daniel Carney (No.4), Clayson Shumway (No. 5) and Jacob Heslington (No. 7) are ranked in the top 10 regionally in the 3,000m steeplechase. Porter Reddish (No. 21) and Garrett Marsing (No. 31) round out the 3,000m steeplechase participants.

Connor McMillan (No. 2), Clayton Young (No. 4), Rory Linkletter (No. 5) and Conner Mantz (No. 10) received top-10 seeds in the 10,000m. Dallin Farnsworth (No. 28), Connor Weaver (No. 34), Michael Ottesen (No. 41) and Brayden McLelland (No. 45) conclude the 10,000m group with a team-high eight participants in one event.

Young (No. 6), Linkletter (No. 7), McMillan (No. 8) and Carney (No. 10) will also compete in the men's 5,000m for the Cougars.

Andrea Stapleton-Johnson leads BYU’s No. 1 nationally-ranked high jump squad with a No. 4 ranking in the West. Stapleton-Johnson, Nicole Lord (No. 19), Marissa Appiah (No. 30) and Ellyana Long (No. 31) all qualified with season highs at the 2018 BYU Robison Invitational.

Madelyn Dickson sits at No. 10 in the women’s 1,500m and is joined in the top 20 by Anna Camp (No. 12), Kate Hunter (No. 15) and Whittni Orton (No. 17). The women’s 3,000m steeplechase qualified four athletes as well with Maddie Cannon (No. 11), Olivia Hoj (No. 24), Emma Gee (No. 30) and Sara Musselman (No. 33) set to compete.

Jefferson Jarvis (No. 26) will compete for the Cougars in the men’s shot put, while teammates Seth Knowlton (No. 37) and Jacob Foutz (No. 38) will compete in the discus throw and hammer throw, respectively.

Ashton Riner received the No. 12 slot in the women’s javelin and will throw alongside teammate Payge Cuthbertson (No. 40), while Siale Vaitohi (No. 39) will compete in the women’s hammer throw.

Brenna Porter will compete in the women’s 400m hurdles and ranks No. 6 in the West, while teammate Abraham Alvarado received the No. 12 seed in the men’s 800m.

A full list of BYU athletes and their seeds can be found on BYU's athletic website. Live stats and streaming options will be available on the team’s schedule page leading up to the meet.

For a complete list of entries to the NCAA Division I Preliminaries, visit the NCAA website.

Braden Taylor works as a Sports Information Director for BYU Athletics. Contact him at: [email protected] or [email protected]